Media and Entertainment

Weil’s 80-lawyer, cross-disciplinary, cross-office team continues to leave an indelible imprint on the media and entertainment industry and to break new ground for some of the largest, best-known companies in the world. Our lawyers regularly advise on multibillion-dollar transactions and related financings and try complex contractual and licensing disputes, in addition to providing counseling on myriad trademark, copyright, and other intellectual property issues.
Weil’s work in this sector continues to set the pace in a world that has become increasingly brand-focused, high-tech, high-speed, digital, and social. This evolution presents significant legal challenges with broad ramifications that test the boundaries of copyright, trademark, misappropriation, as well as First Amendment law and even general commercial litigation, as never before.

We also serve as a trusted advisor on the largest and highest profile deals in the industry. Weil has extensive experience working with international media and entertainment companies and investors in transactions as diverse as mergers and acquisitions and related financings, cross-border transactions, spin-offs, IPOs, intellectual property licensing and counseling, royalty, debt and equity offerings, and restructurings. Our experience encompasses all areas of global media, publishing and telecommunications in matters of industry-wide significance. Our media and entertainment transactional practice involves particularly close collaboration among our M&A and Private Equity, Capital Markets and Technology & IP Transactions practices.

Weil’s renowned restructuring attorneys have handled complex matters for clients in the media and entertainment field. These include chapter 11 cases for The Reader’s Digest, the Texas Rangers Baseball Partners, and the NHL’s Dallas Stars. In the Texas Rangers matter, Weil minimized the impact of chapter 11 on the team, which went on to the World Series.

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Weil Named Media & Entertainment “Practice Group of the Year”

Law360 2015

Yehudah Buchweitz Named 2015 MVP for Media & Entertainment

Law360

Frederick Green was named “Dealmaker of the Week” for week ending May 15, 2015 by The Am Law Daily for his lead role advising Verizon Communications Inc. in its $4.4 billion acquisition of AOL Inc.

Advising DIRECTV in its acquisition by AT&T, Weil partners Fred Green and Mike Lubowitz “led a team that in a matter of a couple of weeks crafted one of the largest global deals in recent history”.

Law360

Media & Entertainment “Deal of the Year”

Americas Tax Awards 2015

Ranked among the top 4 firms in Band 1 in New York for Media & Entertainment Litigation and known for “handling sophisticated matters in the digital and social media sectors” and offering “expertise in copyright and trademark disputes and First Amendment litigation.

Chambers USA

Transaction Team of the Year for Media, Technology and Telecoms

Legal 500 US 2014

Weil was named a Law360 Media & Entertainment Practice Group of the Year for 2013 for its “wide-ranging success,” including a copyright litigation win for Marvel Comics, a trial victory for ESPN in a contract dispute with Dish, and providing IP advice to Yahoo! in nearly a dozen acquisitions in 2013 alone.